Artist Turns Everest Trash Into Treasure
"My ultimate goal of returning this project to Nepal is very exciting to me...When I first visualized creating this artwork, I was driven with the concept that it would be a benefit to others, specifically in Nepal."
- Jeff Clapp
Brunswick, Maine - Thousands of adventurers have been drawn to Mount Everest by the challenge of climbing to the top of the world. Jeff Clapp was drawn by the trash they leave behind. Inspired by a documentary about Everest's rubbish, Clapp traveled to Nepal and brought a load of discarded oxygen bottles back in 2004.
He has created a business of transforming those banged-up, aluminum containers into gleaming bells, bowls and ornaments with a goal of inspiring people to do more to clean up the environment in their own small ways, just as he has.